Nigerians awoke on Wednesday morning,the 24th of July with the horrific news that no fewer than 70 beggars and homeless persons were alledgedly deported and dumped at Onitsha,the commercial city of Anambra State by Lagos State Government.
Reactions had been trailing the news of the deportation since then and more issues arising as to the reason why a Nigerian who has the right to live in any part of the country should now be labelled an immigrant and therefore deported back to the Eastern Nigeria.
Sorry tales of unlawful arrests and detentions by these deportees are soul wrenching making one to wonder what exactly is the motive behind this act as facts are not yet clear on that.
Speaking on the issue,the Commissioner for Information in Lagos State, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba denied the speculations that the government deported 70 persons from Lagos.
While the Anambra State Government had promised to look into the matter,many Igbos had expressed their shock and displeasure at this inhuman treatment to fellow Nigerians with the word*Igbo Immigrants* (whatever that means) popping up in the media by some western people who were also reacting to the news of the deportation.
My question now is: can someone now be an immigrant in his or her country of birth?
Gov. Babatunde Fashola,Lagos State Governor and Gov.Peter Obi of Anambra State,the two states affected should enlighten us more on this new development and the way forward and we promise to keep you all posted.
On a lighter mode:
If you are an Igbo residing in Lagos state,make sure you now waka around with your*papers* to avoid being deported lol.
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